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Minnesota Power RFP for Wind Resources

Published:February 15, 2024

NAEMA is pleased to announce this RFP for our member Minnesota Power.

Minnesota Power is seeking proposals for up to 400 megawatts of wind energy

Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE Inc. is submitting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 400 megawatts of wind energy located in MISO Local Resource Zone 1 to come online by 2027 that can provide customers with reliable energy that will help the company and state meet carbon free goals in the coming decades.  Proposals are due by 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

This request is part of Minnesota Power’s EnergyForward vision and bold next steps for a sustainable path to a carbon-free energy future that is centered on Minnesota Power’s commitment to the climate, customers, and communities.

The RFP strives to maximize customer and transmission resource benefits including preferences for wind projects using diverse bidders and domestically sourced materials, and requirements for using local prevailing, wage, local labor for construction and permanent staffing, and the development of apprenticeship programs.

Table 1: Schedule/Timeline


Event Anticipated Date

Release of RFP

Bidders submit questions regarding the RFP

Last date for submitting questions about the RFP 3/28/2024
Proposal Submission Deadline

All bids must be submitted by 5 p.m. CST



Bidder’s Fee Due

For consideration in the RFP, bid fees must be received by 5 p.m. CST



Proposal Evaluation

Minnesota Power and Independent Evaluator review bids and ask bidders questions regarding their proposal. Bidders will be notified if their bid has been selected

3rd Quarter 2024
Negotiations with Selected Bidder(s)

Minnesota Power and selected bidders will discuss the terms and conditions of the contract


4th Quarter 2024

Application for Regulatory Approval

Includes preparation of the petition and filing of the petition for MPUC review


1st Quarter 2025

Minnesota Power will be holding a webinar at 10 a.m. CST on March 7, 2024.  This will be an opportunity for bidders to ask questions related to the Minnesota Power 2024 Solar RFP.

All information regarding the RFP can be found at